Teenagers Zach and Josh have been best friends their whole lives, but when a gruesome accident leads to a cover-up, the secret drives a wedge between them and propels them down a rabbit hole of escalating paranoia and violence.

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Kevin Phillips
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Owen Campbell ... Zach
Charlie Tahan ... Josh
Elizabeth Cappuccino ... Allison
Amy Hargreaves ... Karen
Max Talisman ... Daryl
Sawyer Barth ... Charlie
Adea Lennox Adea Lennox ... Meghan
Ethan Botwick Ethan Botwick ... John Whitcomb
Philip H. Ashley Philip H. Ashley ... Chad (as Philip Hackworth Ashley)
Anni Krueger ... Ms. Barron
Justin Rose ... Kevin
Kortnee Simmons Kortnee Simmons ... Eugene
Samantha Jones ... Joan
Hayden Oliver ... Colin
Dario Saraceno Dario Saraceno ... Sheriff Bowman
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Teenagers Zach and Josh have been best friends their whole lives, but when a gruesome accident leads to a cover-up, the secret drives a wedge between them and propels them down a rabbit hole of escalating paranoia and violence.

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The story takes place in an undisclosed year in the 90's, earliest 1993 due to Bill Clinton on TV and Set Adrift On Memory Bliss being played in girl's bedroom. (EDIT: Nice, but the movie True Lies, which came out in 1994, was referenced as having been rented, which makes it 1994-1995 at the earliest.) See more »

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Zach: Look, I know how you feel.
Josh: No you don't fucking know how I feel ok! All you fucking do is say a bunch of shit that you think sounds nice because you're scared all the time. Well you're wrong. And you're wrong about me too.
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References True Lies (1994) See more »

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All Because of Mr. Santa Claus
Performed and composed by Hal David & John Cacavas
Published by Bruton APM (ASCAP)
Courtesy of APM Music
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Super Dark Times is an impressive haunting thriller which involves mostly debutante technicians but confused writing in its climax disappoints.
28 December 2017 | by shobanchittuproluSee all my reviews

Super Dark Times (2017):

While I was watching Super Dark Times,the one thing which really surprised me is that this one is work of a debutante director.The way the movie started and the atmosphere set clearly promised me a hell of a ride and almost succeeded in keeping that promise.

Plot:

Zach (Owen Phillips) and Josh (Charlie Tahan) are best friends growing up in a leafy Upstate New York suburb in the 1990s, where teenage life revolves around hanging out, looking for kicks, navigating first love and vying for popularity. When a traumatic incident drives a wedge between the previously inseparable pair, their youthful innocence abruptly vanishes.

My Review:

Every person's adolescent age is the most dangerous part of his life as it triggers dangerous feelings and emotions which decides his fate of the life.It is the age which involves us in lot of adventures which may stir lot of turns and lessons in our life.Super Dark Times showcases the scary proceedings in our lead roles adolescent life.

Director Kevin Phillips's debut feature looks a lot like Stranger Things-set in the 1990s, there are gorgeous shots of Super Dark Times' misfits riding their bikes around suburbia, but these coexist with stark, ominous images of long shadows and tall trees. Darkness lingers in every frame like a vulture waiting to swoop. Fun times grotesquely morph into horror in a matter of seconds: Four boys are playing with a sword in the woods, and then three boys are covering a body with crunchy autumn leaves.

Phillps and writers, Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski, steadily raise the tension as the film progresses, making for an unsettling watch as their situation continues to weigh on the young characters.Nailing to atmosphere and mood of 'Super Dark Times' is the key to the film's success because we've seen these tales of teenage mishaps and cover-ups plenty of times.. Here, we are swallowed whole by the film's aesthetics, which manage to always fit the picture and wrap us up in the film's world without ever being overbearing.

But what went wrong is the third-act of the film which is oddly paced and difficult to follow.Its like the maker desperately tried to confuse us and thrill us at the same time with lot of unexplained events and violence.It backfired.

Performances are amazing.Charlie Tahan (From Wayward Pines) is amazing and his character transition is surprising.Owen Campbell gave spine-chilling performance in the scene where he imagines having intercourse with Allison in woods.Elizabeth Cappucino is a show-stealer although her role is limited.

Technically Super Dark Times is amazing with stunning cinematography by ELi Born and haunting score by Ben Frost.We have to notice that all these persons are not widely known.

SO,Super Dark Times is an impressive haunting thriller which involves mostly debutante technicians but confused writing in its climax disappoints.

My rating 7/10


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Release Date:

29 September 2017 (USA) See more »

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Kingston, New York, USA See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$19,328, 1 October 2017

Gross USA:

$33,109

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$33,109
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